VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel: an internationally-oriented urban-engaged university in the capital city of Europe, with more than 16,000 students and more than 3,500 staff, founding partner of the Eutopia European University alliance.
The Research Group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology (IMDO) consists of Prof. Dr. ir. Luc De Vuyst, Prof. Dr. ir. Frédéric Leroy, Prof. Dr. Stefan Weckx, Prof. Dr. Bruno Pot, and Prof. Dr. ir. Friedrich Heinrich. The team includes two post-doctoral researchers, 21 PhD students, and three MSc students. The research deals with the qualitative and quantitative study of the microbial species diversity, community dynamics, and meta-metabolomics of spontaneous fermented food productions, aiming to unravel why certain microorganisms prevail in certain ecosystems and how their competitiveness and functionality in these ecosystems can be explained at a biochemical and molecular level.